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Chiara Center Events

Chiara Center sponsors opportunities for spiritual enrichment and faith development. Retreats, days of quiet, Food and Faith series, and collaborative programs uplift and enlighten hundreds of guests each year. We invite you to look at the listing to learn more about the possibilities that await your spirit. Please click here for our 2017-2018 brochure.

 

   
 
     
     

      
JANUARY

Companions on the Journey
January 7, 1019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.
 

Ah Day of Quiet
January 14, 2019

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.


Food & Faith Dinner Series
Joy! A Spirituality of Laughter
January 24, 2019
- 6:00 PM

Laughter is a wondrous celebration of incarnation because of how it unites body and spirit into a singular joy-filled response to something funny or unexpected. To demonstrate how laughing can become an imaginative form of healing and hope, we will welcome Richard Landry to perform his unique magic show for both children and adults. Afterwards, He and Dan Frachey will gather a few of the younger children for a “Kids Say the Darndest Things” panel discussion in the style of the 1950’s television host Art Linkletter.  Yes, we’re breaking new ground here by welcoming elementary aged children to join us for this special evening so please bring your children and grandchildren!

The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

     
FEBRUARY

Enneagram, A Tool for Transformation
February 1-3, 2019


The Enneagram, in its purest form, is not a self-improvement project, but it can be a spiritual practice. As a spiritual practice, the tool we use is the Enneagram but what we are seeking is knowledge about ourselves and God.  Presented from the perspective of spiritual formation, the Enneagram can help us to better understand ourselves, others and God and therefore to better love ourselves, others and God. Participants will move from an overview and introduction of this tool to considering the characteristics of the true-self, where our spiritual roadblocks lie, what comprises the false-self and an invitation to open oneself to grace.

Jessie Vicha is a practicing spiritual director and teaches spirituality, spiritual formation and spiritual direction.  She has an M.A. in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago.  Jessie received her Enneagram certification in 2003 from Loyola University Chicago.  She is also certified to present Myers-Briggs Type Inventory.

Cost for this event $265.00 overnight, $175.00 commuters

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Companions on the Journey
February 4, 2019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a registration form.


Spirituality in Recovery Retreat                                                  
February 15-17, 2019


We are pleased to welcome back our recovery team that is eager to journey with those who are ready to face and deal with their addictions. We view the recovery from addictions as a spiritual process that restores one to a right-relationship with their higher power, themselves and others. Through the course of this weekend, participants come to realize that their disease is but a means to healing, restoration and wellness.

Cost for this event is $199 overnight and $125.00 commuter

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

MARCH

Companions on the Journey
March 4, 1019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new  lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.


Food & Faith JOY! A Spirituality of Vocation
March 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Perhaps the greatest quote related to one’s vocation comes from the author Frederick Buechner who wrote, “The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger coincide.” When we are operating from such a space, we reach our greatest power and fragrance which allows us to know joy and inspire it in others. For this final evening of the series, we will welcome WUIS radio journalist Rachel Otwell who will serve as the curator of this final part of our series. Rachel will feature several stories about some remarkable yet seemingly ordinary people who have brought their deep gladness and the world’s hunger together.

The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


APRIL

Challenging Conversations: Strategies for Working thru Ministerial Conflicts
A workshop for ministry teams with Ann Garrido

Monday, April 23, 2018
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 
Conflict is a normal part of life in any faith community. How we choose to manage our conflicts, however, either fragments relations or matures them, enabling them to more fully live their mission in the world. Speaking out of her own experience as an educator and conflict mediator, Ann Garrido will share a framework for analyzing the ordinary tensions present in ministry along with concrete practices to constructively engage the tough conversations that need to be had.

Ann M. Garrido, DMin is associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and a consultant with Triad Consulting Group, a conflict mediation and communications team based in Cambridge, MA. She is the author of six books including Redeeming Conflict: 12 Habits for Christian Leaders and numerous articles in the field of Church leadership and ministry.

Please click here for brochure and registration form.


Spirituality in Health Care Conference
Conflict as Catalyst for Understanding
April 24, 2018

This annual conference, co-sponsored by Chiara Center and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), addresses where God may be found in health care, how to be faithful in the midst of suffering and tremendous change, and how to find transcendent meaning in the health care profession. It will help participants recognize conflict as an opportunity to gain insight and understanding and to apply skills to resolve conflicts while displaying respect for others and preserving relationships. Presenter Ann Garrido will provide a framework for analyzing the cause of conflict and will share tools and techniques to resolve conflict effectively. CME and CE will be available.

Ann M. Garrido, DMin is associate professor at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and a consultant with Triad Consulting Group, a conflict mediation and communications team based in Cambridge, MA. She is the author of six books and numerous articles in the field of church leadership and ministry.

Please click here for a brochure and registration form. 

MAY

Dream Works: Workshop and Retreat Weekend
May 4-6, 2018

“Dreams not only introduce us to parts of ourselves we deny and repress but also give us glimpses of our soul’s deepest yearnings and needs…When a dream is received as a spiritual gift, any response is prayer.”
Tallulah Lyons in Dream Prayers: Dreamwork as a Spiritual Path

“A dream unexamined is like a letter unopened from God.” (Jewish Sage)
This unique weekend will offer an opportunity to examine and learn how to pray with our personal dream images. Based on C.G. Jung’s concept of the God within our deepest and truest self, we will have the opportunity to allow the unconscious to become conscious; nurturing spiritual growth by deepening our relationship with self. 

Although this workshop and retreat is designed for spiritual directors, counselors, pastors and all other spiritual caregivers who have the privilege of accompanying others on their spiritual journey, we welcome all who wish to better understand the spiritual dimensions of dreams. Before we can assist others in working with their dreams, it is imperative to be open to processing our own dreams. Over this weekend we you will be given various tools to help with this process, have quiet time as well as opportunities to interact with other participants.

Sister Joann Gehling, FSPA, is a member of the founding group of the Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA and has been on staff since it opened in 1996. She is available for spiritual direction, counseling, hosting retreats and healing touch spiritual ministry. Sr. Joann has a doctorate in ministry with a concentration in feminist theology and psychology.

Please click here for a brochure and registration form.


Mandala as Prayer
May 8, 2018 - 7:00 pm

The mandala, a circle, has been used for prayer for centuries by Tibetan monks and Christians. It is used to look inward, to describe where we are in our journey and in a contemplative manner, we draw what comes. No artistic ability is needed. Only the pray-er can intuit its meaning.

Sister Maureen Fagan, OSF is a certified Spiritual Director in Chicago whose work includes spiritual group formation in parishes, universities, and for the homeless community. In addition to her work as a SoulCollage facilitator, she enjoys creating mandalas as part of her journey.

The cost is $20.

Please click here for a brochure and registration form.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Labyrinth Nights with Sister Moon
May 29, 2018

Labyrinth Nights with Sister Moon is a new outdoor activity allowing  individuals walk the Chiara labyrinth at night by candle & moon light to illumine our path. After everyone has completed their labyrinth walk, we’ll gather in or near the old Portico nearby to share the fruits of our walking experience.  Your spiritual guides will include a few of our Hospital Sisters along with Program Director Dan Frachey. Due to the nature of these evening walks and sharing, we need to limit attendance to just 12 people.

A fee of $10.00 honors the work of the Hospital Sisters whose generosity supports the Chiara Center.

Please click here for a brochure and registration form.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


 



JUNE

Tai Chi Basics Classes
June 11, 18 & 25, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
June 12, 19 & 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Tai Chi Flow Classes
June 11, 18 & 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
June 12, 19 & 26, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

Open to all, our Tai Chi Flow Class incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of Tai Chi and Qigong disciplines that are easy to learn and to practice. Mindful, gentle, and circular movements are performed with a relaxed, slow tempo. Learn how to access maximum vitality through this mindful attention to posture, movement, breath, and focused awareness. It can be performed sitting or standing. No experience necessary for the Tai Chi Basics class which is the introductory class for those who wish to learn the initial steps to developing a practice & understanding. Tai Chi Flow is the follow-up class for learning additional movements and  expanding one’s understanding of Tai Chi.

Instructor Cindy Cannamela, LMT, NCTMB brings together several of her professional disciplines as a seasoned health and wellness educator.

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. (classes are approximately 40 min.)

Please click here for a brochure and reservation form.
 
Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Silent Directed Retreat
June 17-22, 2018

This Directed Retreat includes solitude and  prayer and  one-on-one daily session with a Spiritual Director. You will be wrapped in the quiet, healing, and harmony of God's presence at Chiara Center. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.


Labyrinth Nights with Sister Moon
June 28, 2018

Labyrinth Nights with Sister Moon is a new outdoor activity allowing  individuals walk the Chiara labyrinth at night by candle & moon light to illumine our path. After everyone has completed their labyrinth walk, we’ll gather in or near the old Portico nearby to share the fruits of our walking experience.  Your spiritual guides will include a few of our Hospital Sisters along with Program Director Dan Frachey. Due to the nature of these evening walks and sharing, we need to limit attendance to just 12 people.

A fee of $10.00 honors the work of the Hospital Sisters whose generosity supports the Chiara Center.

Please click here for a brochure and registration form.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email


JULY

Tai Chi Basics Classes at 5:30 pm and 10:30 am
Tai Chi Flow (next step) Classes at 6:30 pm and 11:30 am

June 11, 18 & 25, 2018
June 12, 19 & 26, 2018

Open to all, our Tai Chi Flow Class incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of Tai Chi and Qigong disciplines that are easy to learn and to practice. Mindful, gentle, and circular movements are performed with a relaxed, slow tempo. Learn how to access maximum vitality through this mindful attention to posture, movement, breath, and focused awareness. It can be performed sitting or standing. No experience necessary. Instructor Cindy Cannamela, LMT, NCTMB brings together several of her professional disciplines as a seasoned health and wellness educator. (Classes are approximately 40 min.)

Please click here for a brochure and reservation form.
 
Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.
 

Companions on the Journey
July 2, 2018

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new  lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.

 

Ah Day of Quiet
July 9, 2018

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.
 

Labyrinth Nights with Sister Moon
July 27, 2018

Labyrinth Nights with Sister Moon is a new outdoor activity allowing  individuals walk the Chiara labyrinth at night by candle & moon light to illumine our path. After everyone has completed their labyrinth walk, we’ll gather in or near the old Portico nearby to share the fruits of our walking experience.  Your spiritual guides will include a few of our Hospital Sisters along with Program Director Dan Frachey. Due to the nature of these evening walks and sharing, we need to limit attendance to just 12 people.

A fee of $10.00 honors the work of the Hospital Sisters whose generosity supports the Chiara Center.

Please click here for a brochure and registration form.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email



AUGUST

Companions on the Journey
August 6, 2018

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new  lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.


Where Three Paths Meet – Conference Retreat
August 10-12, 2018

Imagine saints Benedict, Francis, Patrick and Brigid coming from the woods into an open space and then pausing for a conversation. This convergence of Benedictine, Franciscan and Celtic spirituality is the imaginative space that presenter Norma Roberts will summon participants into during this retreat. Through visually-prayerful imagery, music and drama, you’ll have ample time to come steep yourself in the elemental characteristics of each tradition and celebrate how well they dance together!

Please click here for a brochure and registration form.
 

Ah Day of Quiet
August 13, 2018

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person. 
 

Labyrinth Nights with Sister Moon
August 26, 2018

Labyrinth Nights with Sister Moon is a new outdoor activity allowing  individuals walk the Chiara labyrinth at night by candle & moon light to illumine our path. After everyone has completed their labyrinth walk, we’ll gather in or near the old Portico nearby to share the fruits of our walking experience.  Your spiritual guides will include a few of our Hospital Sisters along with Program Director Dan Frachey. Due to the nature of these evening walks and sharing, we need to limit attendance to just 12 people.

A fee of $10.00 honors the work of the Hospital Sisters whose generosity supports the Chiara Center.

Please click here for a brochure and registration form.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Food & Faith Dinner Series  
JOY! A Spirituality of Dogs

August 30, 2018 - 6:00 PM

If ever there was a manifestation of joy, a dog wagging its tail upon greeting you at the door is surely it! As pack animals, it’s all about the relationship and tight community that they offer their human companions who they gladly allow to tag along. To celebrate the innate spirituality of dogs, how they mirror truth and call us to right relationships and unconditional love, we will welcome the jovial Fr. Carmen Scuderi, OFM who in recent years had his own pack of six Siberian huskies to share a large rectory while serving a Byzantine community in Pennsylvania.

The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

SEPTEMBER

 


OCTOBER

Companions on the Journey
October 1, 2018

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new  lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for brochure.
 

Tai Chi Basics Classes
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018  at 5:30 pm
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018  at 10:30 am


Tai Chi Flow Classes

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018  at 6:30 pm
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018  at 11:30 am


Open to all, our Tai Chi Flow Class incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of Tai Chi and Qigong disciplines that are easy to learn and to practice. Mindful, gentle, and circular movements are performed with a relaxed, slow tempo. Learn how to access maximum vitality through this mindful attention to posture, movement, breath, and focused awareness. It can be performed sitting or standing. No experience necessary for the Tai Chi Basics class which is the introductory class for those who wish to learn the initial steps to developing a practice & understanding. Tai Chi Flow is the follow-up class for learning additional movements and  expanding one’s understanding of Tai Chi.

Instructor Cindy Cannamela, LMT, NCTMB brings together several of her professional disciplines as a seasoned health and wellness educator.

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. (classes are approximately 40 min.)

Please click here for a brochure and reservation form.
 
Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.
 

Getting to Silence: Meeting God in a Place Called “Still.”
An overnight seminar & retreat experience                                       
October 2 & 3, 2018


This brief retreat welcomes Christian leaders who feel the desire to deepen their spiritual practice of remaining grounded and healthy amidst the demands of ministry. Summoning a few practices from the rich tradition of our Christian faith, participants will use several methods including Lectio Divina and the Daily Examen to "practice" being silent amidst the beautiful spaces and peaceful grounds of the Chiara Center

Don Follis has pastored in Champaign-Urbana for 40 years. Through his Pastor-to-Pastor Initiatives, he directs retreats and coaches pastors and leaders to reach their potential for ministry and life.

Cost for this event is $150.00

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Please click here for a brochure and registration form.


Touched by the Holy: Women in Watercolor – A 5-day Conference Retreat for Women
October 7-12, 2018

Using a series of watercolors painted by Sister Doris Klein, CSA as a starting point, this retreat experience offers women the opportunity to explore the stories of several New Testament women who encountered Jesus at significant junctures in their own life journeys.  We will pray with these women who were tenderly touched by the Holy One and meet the Jesus who, without judgment, can lead each of us to a place of balance and integration, healing and wholeness by honoring the unique gift of who we are: God’s work of art (Eph 2: 10).

(Hospital Sisters of St. Francis begin October 5, outside participants on October 7).

Please click here for a brochure & registration form.
 

Death Café
October 16, 2018
10:30 am or 7:00 pm

At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. As strange as such a gathering might seem, our aim is to increase awareness of death in order to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

You might be surprised to know that there are Death Cafe groups happening all over the world. These operate well because it is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is important to know that this will be a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Also, there is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.
Helping to assurance that these discussions operate in a safe and positive manner.

Chiara Center Program Director Dan Frachey will serve as the daytime group moderator while Deaconess Jan Conrady will moderate the evening group.
Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.
 

Ah Day of Quiet
October 23, 2018

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.


Silent Directed Retreat
October 28 - November 2, 2018

This Directed Retreat includes solitude and  prayer and  one-on-one daily session with a Spiritual Director. You will be wrapped in the quiet, healing, and harmony of God's presence at Chiara Center. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.

 

NOVEMBER

Beneath Scandals, Beyond Policies: Men and Women at Work Together                               
November 1, 2018

Beyond the call for changes in policies and rules that at best can only guide one’s external conduct in the workplace, there is an important question arising: how can men and women honor the fullness of their contributions with mutual respect and value at work? Building upon sound clinical practices, and inspired by deeper realities embedded in our humanity, such as the example of Francis and Clare, this seminar will bring enduring psychological and spiritual principles to bear on this important topic for today’s business and Non-Profit Administrators, Supervisors, Managers, H. R. Professionals and those in leadership roles who craft policies or influence workplace environments. Presenting this seminar will be Bill & Lori McKenzie, two Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in Springfield whose emerging work on successful marriage relationships will offer participants the opportunity to bring a hopeful and positive response into their workplace.

Cost for this event is $75.00

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.
 

Companions on the Journey
November 5, 2018

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new  lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.


Food & Faith Dinner 
JOY! A Spirituality of Community Theater
November 8, 2018 - 6:00 PM


If you have ever attended a local theater production, you might be surprised to know all that goes into creating a show. To experience it from the performing side of the stage is a great wonder. It is with the same joy that Francis had when staging the first “live nativity” play that we will usher participants behind the curtain to celebrate all that goes into imagining, creating and then bringing a story alive in order to engage an audience at  heart-level. Taking us backstage will be Craig Williams II, one of Springfield’s most sought after Impresarios whose ability to weave dozens of individuals into one vibrant musical offering is magical!

The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Death Café
November 13, 2018
10:30 am or 7:00 pm

At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. As strange as such a gathering might seem, our aim is to increase awareness of death in order to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

You might be surprised to know that there are Death Cafe groups happening all over the world. These operate well because it is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is important to know that this will be a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Also, there is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.
Helping to assurance that these discussions operate in a safe and positive manner.

Chiara Center Program Director Dan Frachey will serve as the daytime group moderator while Deaconess Jan Conrady will moderate the evening group.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


DECEMBER

Franciscan Nativity Festival
November 30, 2018 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
December 1, 2018  12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
December 2, 2018  12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for our Annual Franciscan Nativity Festival and experience the deeper meaning of the Incarnation. More than 100 Nativity sets, each with unique history and signficance, are displayed. Free and open the public. The Festival includes a tour of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Companions on the Journey
December 3, 2018

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new  lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.


Death Café

December 11, 2018
10:30 am or 7:00 pm

At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. As strange as such a gathering might seem, our aim is to increase awareness of death in order to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

You might be surprised to know that there are Death Cafe groups happening all over the world. These operate well because it is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is important to know that this will be a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Also, there is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.
Helping to assurance that these discussions operate in a safe and positive manner.

Chiara Center Program Director Dan Frachey will serve as the daytime group moderator while Deaconess Jan Conrady will moderate the evening group.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Ah Day of Quiet
December 15, 2018

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

 


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